You know how some fashion just looks good enough to eat?
Well dig in, baby.
StyleList swapped our usual skinny lattes for a spot of tea at London's swanky Berkeley Hotel to sample this season's
incredible fashion-themed Prêt-à-Portea service, which includes edible accessories by Chanel, Jason Wu, and the like.
Located just off Hyde Park and tended to by bowler-clad doormen, the hotel is in its fifth year of serving the popular style-minded tea service. This fashionable nibble runs daily from 1pm-6pm and can boast of celebrity fans such as Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.
For £35 per person (approximately $52), guests are led to a studded leather chair in the elegant dining room, which smacks of British refinement. If you choose to add Champagne -- which of course, we did -- the price goes up to £45-£52 ($66 - $76) a pop - pun intended!
In addition to quaffing a glass of bubbly, we were also presented with a pot of wild blossom and berries tea (other available flavors include chocolate mint truffle, pear caramel and African amber) and a platter of neat finger sandwiches ranging from cream cheese and cucumber to wild mushroom to roast beef. All of the delectable goodies were served on striped Paul Smith for Thomas Goode fine-bone china.
Next came the main event -- the pastries. For the spring/summer 2010 "collection" The Berkeley chose a curated mix of classic labels (Yves Saint Laurent among them) along with British up-and-comers (like Erdem) for a tasty and on-trend representation of this season's hottest fashions. (The pastry chef will sometimes attend fashion shows to get inspiration, and over the years designers have even requested to be included in the tea.)
Artfully displayed on a colorful tiered tray were a tempting array of canapes (duck, prawns, crab, etc.) joined by -- cue drooling -- a purple Jason Wu cocktail dress poppy-seed cookie; a rich chocolate cake inspired by an Erdem design; Anya Hindmarch's Halen bag recreated in apricot sponge cake and almond marzipan; a Chanel clog cookie; a yellow Gaultier-inspired cheese cake; a pink almond macaroon topped with a pink checkerboard in a nod to a Christopher Kane frock; a YSL-inspired white chocolate mousse and raspberry custard; a Technicolor Paul Smith orange, papaya, and pink lavender bavarois accented with a cheeky chocolate bowler; and a jam-layered mousse topped with a yellow Sonia Rykiel hat.
Despite the heaps of food, we had no problem polishing it all off, and were sent away with a pale green handbag-shaped doggie bag containing extra samples of our favorite treats.
Let them eat cake? No, darling. Let them eat Chanel!
Meanwhile, see why drinking tea can make you look younger.